One of the most difficult things that people struggle with is losing weight. There are so many temptations out there in our modern society that end up causing us to gain weight. Whether it is food, excessive drinking, or a sedentary lifestyle, there are dozens of potential causes of obesity. Many exercise programs can end up doing more harm than good. They are meant to be difficult in such a way that they will force you to spend money on their products and services that aren’t truly effective. Fortunately, there is one doctor who has taken a stand against obesity and has provided his clients with a safe procedure that can keep the weight off their bodies.
Dr. Thomas Taylor is a bariatric surgeon who always puts the needs of his patients above all else. He has spent his life in the pursuit of helping other people become the best version of themselves. Dr. Thomas Taylor is also a published author who has plenty of books on the market that you can enjoy. Let’s take a closer look at Dr. Taylor and how we can emulate his successful habits.
What was your best/favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was science. I enjoyed figuring out how things worked and how I could replicate it. Science allows us to look at the world around us in an objective way and critically think about things.
What was your first job?
My very first job was working at a pretzel shop in the local mall. I had never had a chance to work with customers before and it helped me shape my skill set. That exposure was crucial for my development when I was growing up. It would carry over into my other jobs that I would work later on. Fortunately, I had an incredible manager that taught me the importance of keeping a good relationship with my management team. I sometimes miss working at this job. Times were much simpler back then.
Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
I was a medical scribe back in college. My duties were to assist other doctors with their documentation duties in the emergency room. It allowed me to jump into the deep end of the medical field. This was crucial for me to witness when I was so early in my schooling. It allowed me to take note of specific things that would help me find my true path in the medical field. I am thankful for the guidance that I received from the doctors that I worked with. It was truly a blessing and something that I have never taken for granted.
How have those jobs prepared you for what you do now?
As mentioned before, firsthand experience in the medical field is priceless. You could spend years in school for the medical field and find out that you don’t like it. I have seen many people go this route and end up not wanting to pursue a medical career after all. They would end up wasting years and money. Fortunately, the ER scribe position molded me into the doctor that I am today.
Describe the best day of work you’ve ever had.
There was a patient that I had worked with before who was struggling with her weight. She told me that her husband did not find her attractive anymore and that she was having health issues. Her weight was impeding her ability to work and that she could not be on her feet for more than an hour. She expressed her concerns and how she wanted to lose weight. However, she was unable to do so because of how much she weighed. She couldn’t exercise without assistance and it was slowly killing her.
I spent some time going over her case and performed her bariatric procedure. She would end up losing a lot of weight over time and looked fantastic. This was her second chance at a healthy life. Her husband got closer to her and opportunities seemed to present themselves after her procedure. She thanked me profusely for my efforts. It was one of the most rewarding cases that I had ever worked with. I wish to continue providing this much value to the new clients that I meet.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
It can get difficult to motivate myself after working hard for a long time. I find myself seeking distractions sometimes in order to help me relax. However, it is my duty to ensure that I am at my best each day that I go to work.
I keep myself motivated by taking care of my mental and physical health. I always take time for myself each day to allow myself to unwind. Working as a bariatric surgeon can be stressful at times. Relaxation techniques help me keep a focused mind and combat the stress that I experience. Stress is a motivation killer and must be dealt with quickly.
What kind of business ideas excite you most?
I love hearing ideas about new medical businesses that can help people. There are so many different avenues that haven’t been discovered yet. I look forward to hearing about these incredible business ideas from the brightest minds in the medical industry.
Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
I have not. I avoid pursuing gimmicks or any other kind of viral marketing in order to gain attention. My business will gain traction by simply being honest and valuable. While viral marketing may get you some attention in the short term, case studies show that they do not provide value in the long term.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
Graduating college was most certainly an achievement. Medical school is no joke. It will suck the life out of you if you let it!
What wisdom would you have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
Make sure to take it slow and do not rush yourself. Stop and smell the roses every now and then.